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•  ACAAA Actions • 
Meeting with DCO Director Mary Franklin
ACAAA Board of Directors to Meet
ACAAA Open House March 22

•  Training Actions • 
Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer Training
CSBG Application & On-Site Monitoring Training
Microsoft Office Suite Webinars through NYSCAA/ACAAA
Developing a Quality Community Action Plan Training
Basic, Intermediate & Advanced CAP60 Training Sessions
Family Development Credential Portfolio Advisor’s Orientation

•  Upcoming Actions 
NCAF Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.
CAP “Pathways to Excellence” Training

NASCSP 2017 Spring Training Conference
Region VI Board Meeting in New Orleans
ACAAA 2017 Annual Conference in May!

•  Educational Action  •  

Webinar • Engaging Your Board in Difficult Decisions
Webinar • Introduction to Corporate Giving
Webinar • QuickBooks for New Nonprofit Users
Webinar • Using LIHEAP Performance Management Data
Community Action Partnership Offers Multiple Webinars
CAP Learning Community Webinar: Rural IMPACT
Webinar • QuickBooks for Existing Nonprofit Users
Webinar • Organizational Development and Strategic Plans
Webinar • In Pursuit of Sustainability
Webinar • CCAP Certification Examination
VirtualCAP RoundUP—Highlights from the New Issue
Helpful Hints: How to Set Up a Meeting with Your Legislator
Nonprofit Risk Mngmt. Center Offers Risk Benchmarking App
Meals on Wheels Releases “Hunger in Older Adults” Report
Tech Tips on “Staying Secure on the Road”

There will be meeting on Tuesday, March 21, between Mary Franklin — Director of the Department of Human Services Division of County Operations—and the state’s Community Action Agency Executive Directors and Chairs of their respective Boards of Directors. The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room 3257 at the Department of Human Services office; 701 Main Street, Donaghey Plaza South; in Little Rock.  •  Call-in information is available for those Executive Directors and Board Chairs unable to attend in person.
The ACAAA Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, March 22, in the board room at ACAAA’s new office, located at 1111 West 6th Street in Little Rock.  The meeting will commence at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude before the 3:30 p.m. Open House planned for later that afternoon (see below).
ACAAA is very excited to have relocated to its new home and we are issuing this enthusiastic invite for you to join us on Wednesday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m for an Open House!

We’re still in downtown Little Rock, but we are now closer to the Capitol and thrilled to have expanded office space for our very own ACAAA Training Center, as well as accommodations for the future site of the state’s Weatherization Training Center.

We look forward to giving you the grand tour of the new space, as well as putting our new Training Center to use hosting some very special guest speakers.  We are also very pleased to have you meet our building-mates, Arkansas Access to Justice, with whom we are anticipating having a very productive neighborly relationship.

We hope you can join us!  The new location is at the corner of 6th & Ringo Streets in Little Rock, just across the street from the AT&T building.  (The official address is 1111 West 6th Street, Suite C; Little Rock, AR  72201-3017.  Our phone number remains unchanged: 501-372-0807.)
Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer (NCRI) is a new ROMA classification that indicates a participant versed in the same curriculum as an NCRT (i.e., Nationally Certified ROMA Trainer), but who will not be presenting that curriculum in a trainer capacity (which is to say, in a traditional in-front-of-a-roomful-of-students role).  •  For those interested in becoming an NCRI, a new training session is about to commence.
There are four phases to the training and certification process: (1) taking an E-Course, (2) attending a one-day NCRI Training session, (3) preparation of a portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and your use of the practices, and a (4) final exam.  The application deadline to participate in this training cohort about to begin is March 15; the E-course must be completed before May 8.  A training session will follow on May 25 at the ACAAA Training Center in Little Rock.  For more information on the NCRI program, visit the ACAAA website here.  To go directly to the registration page, visit here.
ACAAA is offering, in conjunction with DHS DCO Office of Community Services, a training session on “Community Services Block Grant Application and On-Site Monitoring Training” scheduled for Thursday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ACAAA Training Center, 1111 West 6th Street, Suite C, in Little Rock.  (Lunch on your own.)  •  To register, please visit the ACAAA website here.  All Executive Directors, agency CSBG Program directors, agency Finance Directors, and agency staff are encouraged to attend.
ACAAA has renewed its agreement with the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) to make available a series of free webinars on Microsoft Office Suite: basic through advanced sessions on MS Excel, Word, Outlook, and Access are being held the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central time.
To register, visit here.  Class dates & subjects are as follows:

Basics of Excel  •  April 12
Intermediate Excel  •  May 10
Basic Excel Formulas  •  June 14
Advanced Excel Formulas  •  July 12
MS Word Table of Contents/Quick Parts and Building Blocks  •  August 9
Word Templates/Merging with Microsoft Word  •  September 13
Basic Access  •  October 11
Pulling & Reporting on Data in Access  •  November 8
Learn to Love Your Outlook Inbox  •  December 13
ACAAA is offering, in conjunction with DHS DCO Office of Community Services, a training session in “Developing a Quality Community Action Plan” scheduled for Thursday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.—registration and coffee to begin at 9:00 a.m.—at the ACAAA Training Center, 1111 West 6th Street, Suite C, in Little Rock. The session will be overseen by Jackie Orr, CSBG State Assistance Director with the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP).  •  For more information on the training, for lodging information, or to register, visit the ACAAA website here.

ACAAA, in conjunction with DHS DCO Office of Community Services, is offering a series of CAP60 trainings.  The trainings will be held in April, May, June, and August at various locations around the state and will address basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.  •  The session dates and locations are:

April 18  •  Little Rock  /  ACAAA Training Center  •  Advanced Session
May 9  •  Pine Bluff  /  PBJCEOC  •  Intermediate Session
June 6  •  Batesville  /  UACCB*  •  Basic Session
August 8  •  Hot Springs  /  National Park Medical Center**  •  Basic Session

To register, visit the ACAAA website here.

* University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville / 2005 White Drive / Independence Hall - Room 104 / Batesville, Arkansas 72501
** National Park Medical Center / Fordyce Room / 1910 Malvern Ave / Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

ACAAA will offer a Family Development Credential Portfolio Advisor’s Orientation on Friday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ACAAA Training Center, 1111 West 6th Street, Suite C, in Little Rock. This training will make available an opportunity for CAA staff who already hold Family Development Credential (FDC) certifications to add the ability to serve as a “Portfolio Advisor” to their certifications.
To apply, or for more information about the orientation, visit the ACAAA website here. (Registration deadline is April 7.)  The fee is $150; the training will be presented by Becky King, Missouri CAN Training Manager. For more information, contact Becky King at or ACAAA Programs and Development Director Terry Bearden at
The 2017 Legislative Conference of the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) in Washington, D.C., is being held March 14 - 17.  This year’s theme is “Thrive, Not Just Survive: How Community Action Will Succeed in the New Washington.”  •  To register, visit here.
The Community Action Partnership’s  (CAP’s)Pathways to Excellence” training session is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 21 & 22. • “The Pathways to Excellence Program begins with a two-day training session covering the Standards and how to apply the Organizational Self-Study as a rigorous diagnostic tool that identifies strengths to build on and critical areas to improve.” • For more information, visit the Partnership’s website here or contact CAP’s Jarle Crocker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, at:
The 2017 Spring Training Conference of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is being held from March 29 to 31 at the Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capital View in Arlington, Virginia.  •  “The 2017 Spring Training Conference offers valuable opportunities for professionals from around the country to ... discuss strategies for meeting new challenges in improved performance, innovation, and accountability in the fight to change the face of poverty across the nation.” • To view the agenda and additional details, or to register, visit the NASCSP website here.
The Community Action Association of Region VI will be holding its Board of Directors meeting from April 18 to 20 at the Embassy Suites in New Orleans, Louisiana. Agenda items will include succession planning, Region VI’s multi-year plan, ROMA implementation within the region, and the effect of the new administration in Washington. • Region VI includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The 1970s are back!  •  Make sure to save the date — May 17th through the 19th, with a Pre-conference Day on the 16th — for ACAAA’s 2017 Annual Conference!  This year, we’ll be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center Hotel.  •  Keep an eye out for more info on this year’s 70s-themed meeting as the date grows nearer — we look forward to you joining us!  •  For those interested in viewing or distributing a 2017 Annual Conference Sponsor Packet, it can be downloaded here.
4Good is offering a free webinar on “Engaging Your Board and Others in Difficult Decisions” to be held Wednesday, March 8, at 12:00 noon Central time. • “Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities?” • For more information, or to register, visit the website here.
GrantSpace is offering a free webinar on “Introduction to Corporate Giving”  on Wednesday, March 8, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Corporate grantmakers are different from traditional foundations in many ways. This class provides a basic overview of the different types of corporate giving, what motivates corporations to give, and how to find potential corporate partners.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the GrantSpace website here.
TechSoup is offering a free webinar on “QuickBooks (Desktop) for New Nonprofit Users” on Wednesday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • “Are you brand new to using Intuit’s QuickBooks or need a basic refresher to make sure you’ve got your nonprofit set up correctly?” This webinar addresses such topics as opening balance, setting up accounts, setting up programs, and basic budgeting. • For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here. • See also “QuickBooks (Desktop) for Existing Nonprofit Users,” March 22, below.
APPRISE “would like to invite LIHEAP grantees to join us for the following Webinar: Using the LIHEAP Performance Management Website’s Data Warehouse for Program Planning” scheduled for Thursday, March 9, at 12:00 noon Central time.
This webinar “will demonstrate concrete ways that grantees can use data to inform program planning. This includes highlighting linkages between available data from the LIHEAP Performance Management Website and specific questions in the LIHEAP Model Plan.” • For more information, or to register, visit the national Office of Community Services (OCS) website here.

Also available at the national OCS site are details on future LIHEAP webinars from APPRISE such as “Introduction to the LIHEAP Performance Management Analysis Tool” (March 22) and “Using Energy Expenditure Data in Benefit Determination Procedures” (May 17). • “Registration information and additional details about these Webinars will be provided at least one week prior to each Webinar.”
The Community Action Partnership is offering a variety of webinars of potential interest in the coming weeks. Visit their website here for more information or to register.  Subjects include:
March 9, 2:00 p.m.  •  Webinar 1: Consumer Input & Involvement
March 22, 1:00 p.m.  •  Your Money Your Goals Train-the-Trainer Event
March 23, 1:00 p.m.  •  The Partnership and Springfield College’s Education and Training Opportunities
April 5, 1:00 p.m.  •  myRA Webinar
April 6, 1:00 p.m.  •  Learning with the Learning Community: Bundling Services to Improve Outcomes
April 6, 1:00 p.m.  •  Organizational Standards 2.0 Webinar Category Two: Community Engagement
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is offering a webinar—“Learning with the Learning Community: Rural IMPACT”—to be held Tuesday, March 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  This webinar offers the “opportunity to explore emerging anti-poverty approaches as it relates to rural generational poverty through [CAP’s] work with the Rural IMPACT demonstration project.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit the CAP website here.
4Good is offering a free webinar titled “Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development” on Wednesday, March 22, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  This webinar will address such topics as “what benefits to expect from an effective strategic planning process, how to approach and structure a strategic planning process for your organization, and how to get broad buy-in in any organization.” • For more information, or to register, visit the website here.
TechSoup is offering a free webinar on “QuickBooks (Desktop) for Existing Nonprofit Users” on Wednesday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m. Central time. • This webinar addresses such topics as different methods for entering income, using QuickBooks as a donor database, auto-allocating expenses to programs, reports for your board, tracking restricted grants, and inputting in-kind gifts. • For more information, or to register, visit the TechSoup website here. • See also “QuickBooks (Desktop) for New Nonprofit Users,” March 8, above.
Nonprofits Assistance Fund is offering a free webinar titled “S Word: In Pursuit of Sustainability” on Tuesday, March 28, at 12:00 noon Central time.  •  “Pursuing sustainability is an approach to leading an organization that incorporates and accepts uncertainty and change. This webinar will share the 10 lessons [Nonprofits Assistance Fund has] learned through its work.”  •  For more information, or to register, visit their website here.
The Community Action Partnership is offering a webinar, “Certification Examination”—which is the last in a series of webinars for those interested in becoming a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)—on Wednesday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m. Central time.  •  “In this webinar you will learn how the exam is constructed, what kinds of questions are asked, and how best to prepare for the CCAP certification exam.” • To register for this webinar, visit here.
Check out highlights here from the latest issue of VirtualCAP’s RoundUP.  This month’s Focus Topic is “Dialogue to Change Programs.”  •  VirtualCAP is an online resource for Community Action Agencies across the United States; visit their website here.
Families USA—“The Voice for Healthcare Consumers”—offers helpful tips on “How to Set up a Meeting with Your Member of Congress.” • As the article notes, “Engaging face-to-face with government officials and their staff is the single most powerful advocacy strategy you can pursue.” • View their suggestions at their website here.
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) is offering, with the support of the First Nonprofit Foundation, a Risk Benchmarking App, a survey that allows for realtime comparisons to measure “how your risk practices compare to those of other nonprofits.” • To participate, visit the NRMC website here. • “You only need to take the survey once. NRMC will monitor the data in order to preserve its integrity and maximize the utility for the user.”
Meals on Wheels America has released a report on “Hunger in Older Adults.” • The report examines national programs that address these issues, synthesizes publicly available research and information, and recommends actions for leaders and advocates to better improve communications and collaboration. • It can be downloaded from the Meals on Wheels America website here
The SANS Institute—the “most trusted source for information on security training, certification, and research”—offers a free publication on “Staying Secure on the Road,” which deals with topics such as lost/stolen devices, Wi-Fi access, and public resources. • It can be downloaded from their website here.
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Does your family circle of friends need expanding?  Why not check out the Facebook pages of these various community action agencies and their affiliates?  We bet you’ll see plenty there to “like”! 
ARVAC • Arkansas River Valley Area Council
Black River Area Development Corp. (BRAD) Senior Centers
BRAD Child Development Programs
CADC • Central Arkansas Development Council
CADC Benton Senior Wellness & Activity Center
CADC Bryant Senior Adult Activity Center
CAPCA • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
CRDC • Crowley’s Ridge Development Council
C-SCDC Community Dental Clinic
C-SCDC • Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council
C-SCDC Home Ownership and Asset Development Center
C-SCDC River Valley Regional Food Bank
CSO • Community Services Office
EOAWC • Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County
EOA Children’s House
EOA of Washington County Head Start / Early Head Start
MCAEOC • Mississippi County AR EOC Head Start
MDCS • Mid-Delta’s Head Start
NADC • Northcentral Arkansas Development Council
NADC Head Start
OHC • Madison County Senior Activity and Wellness Center
OOI • Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
Ozark Opportunities Head Start
PBJCEOC • Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission
SWADC • Southwest Arkansas Development Council
— and don't forget! —
ACAAA • Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association
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